Michiganders with rare diseases could receive more state support

RARE DISEASE COUNCIL: A group of parents and health providers are urging the state to establish a special board on rare diseases. About a million Michiganders may have a rare disease, one that afflicts fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. There are more than 7,000 such diseases, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders. We talk to a Lincoln Park lawmaker and two Detroit area moms of children with rare conditions. By Vladislava Sukhanovskaya. FOR DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

Michigan pet owners mistreating their animals may have to pay shelter costs

ANIMAL ABUSE: People charged with abusing animals may have to pay for their care while they await trial. Shelter operators support the legislation but one lawmaker says it would criminalize poverty. We talk to the Huron Valley Humane Society, an Ann Arbor lawmaker and the Michigan Humane, formerly Michigan Humane Society. By Vladislava Sukhanovskaya FOR DETROIT, FOWLERVILLE and ALL POINTS

Hotlines on prescription bags in a Madison Heights pharmacy inspired legislation to be introduced that would require the numbers on pharmacy receipts and displayed on drug store counters.

Help hotline numbers could be at fingertips of pharmacy customers

HOTLINES: Helplines for poison control, sexual assault, opioid abuse, suicidal throughts, drug overdoses and other emergencies could show up on receipts distributed by Michigan pharmacies. The idea for requiring the helplines came from two Central Michigan University students Heights brothers whose father is a Madison Heights pharmacist. Lawmakers are considering the requirement. For news and business sections. By Vladislava Sukhanovskaya. FOR DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL, CORP! and ALL POINTS

Organ transplants from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive patients weighed by lawmakers

HIV ORGANS: A Michigan lawmaker wants to make more organs available for transplants by allowing HIV-positive donors to give organs to HIV-positive patients. The effort, supported by Gift of Life Michigan, could add up to 1,000 organs a year in Michigan. We talk to the head of the kidney and liver transplant team at the University of Michigan, a Pittsfield Township lawmaker, a Pontiac woman who received a liver transplant, and an official with the Gift of Life of Michigan. By Vladislava Sukhanovskaya. FOR DETROIT, LANSING and ALL POINTS.

showing absenteeism rates two times higher for students who are homeless.

Funding boost will help Michigan students who are homeless

HOMELESS: Michigan students without homes will gain more than $2 million in funding from the federal stimulus package, according to the Michigan Department of Education. The one-time funding boost from the American Rescue Plan will give more than $100,000 to Kent, Berrien and Oakland intermediate school districts and more than $225,000 to Wayne. We interview a woman who was homeless growing up in Ypsilanti, the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan, a Lansing homeless student coordinator, the Michigan League for Public Policy and the Michigan Department of Education’s coordinator of federal funds for homeless students. By Vladislava Sukhanovskaya. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.

Senior and student matches help ease isolation

PERFECT PAIR: A new project is connecting Michigan senior citizens living in assisted care facilities with university students who have shared interests. Emily Lerner and Rachel Alessio, while at the University of Michigan, started the Perfect Pair as a virtual project when the pandemic peaked in May 2020. It aims to reduce seniors’ loneliness and renew interest in life. We talk to an MSU doctor, former UM students who started the match project and an Ann Arbor senior/student pair. Northville, Farmington Hills and MSU references. By Vladislava Sukhanovskaya. For DETROIT, WKAR, LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.